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Passer-By, These Are Words

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Passer-by, these are words. But instead of reading
I want you to listen: to this frail
Voice like that of letters eaten by grass.

Lend an ear, hear first of all the happy bee
Foraging in our almost rubbed-out names.
It flits between two sprays of leaves,
Carrying the sound of branches that are real
To those that filigree the still unseen.

Then know an even fainter sound, and let it be
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Kinga Fabó 02 July 2016

Yves Bonnefoy died. Let's remember him with his wonderful philosophical poem 'Passerby, Do You Want to Know? '

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Akachukwu Lekwauwa 21 September 2015

I listened, I'm glad I did. this is a good

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Paul Reed 21 September 2015

A frail voice but one we should listen to.

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Neran Sati 21 September 2015

Voice like that of letters eaten by grass The endless murmuring of all our shades Silence is a threshold where a twig breaks in your hand Beuatifull examples of surrealist imagery.. unfortunately rare today... Thanks for choosing!

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Kinyua Karanja 21 September 2015

With the use symbolic and imagery language one can derive the love and friendship theme from this poem. I like the way language is used.

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